The Covid passport will begin in England with vaccination tests for nightclubs and other necessary places by the end of the month, the vaccination minister has confirmed.
Nadhim Zahawi said the scheme would begin when all over-18s had a chance to have both doses of punctures.
Speaking of al Andrew Marr BBC Show Zahawi said the introduction of Covid passports was the “right one.”
He said the evidence provided by the “exemplary manner” the Premier League had introduced Covid passports, which allowed stadiums to be opened at full capacity last month, was “clean” and showed vaccination evidence worked out in some circumstances.
“One of the things we’ve learned is that in large gatherings of people, especially indoors, the virus tends to grow and spread,” he said.
“In my opinion, the best way to keep these industries open is, in our view, to work with the industry.”
Industry leaders have warned against plans warning that it could put additional pressure on the hospitality sector.
Covid digital passports are available in England from May through the NHS app, which already allowed users to access various NHS services from their smartphone or tablet, including vaccination records.
Users can check their vaccination status through the app if their GP allows it. This applies to all vaccines.
To use the app you must be registered with a GP in England. The government recommends people to sign up for the app before booking international travel and at least two weeks before the departure date.
Currently, Covid-19 passports can only be used once a person has had a full course of vaccinations, that is, both times.
Passports for Scotland
Scotland follows a similar pattern with Covid-19 passports that will be required at nightclubs, music festivals and football matches.
The Scottish Parliament will vote on the proposals this week with vaccine certificates expected to be applied at places and events considered high-risk coronavirus.
According to a Scottish government statement, the scheme will only be implemented once all adults have been given the opportunity to take both doses of jab.
It will be necessary to accredit the vaccination of the discos; covered events without a room for more than 500 people; outdoor events with no more than 4,000 people; and any event of more than 10,000 people.
Scottish Labor has said it will refuse to support plans to introduce vaccine passports.
From 3 September, people in Scotland can download a PDF copy of the vaccine certificate with a personalized QR code that can be used on their mobile phone.
The passport can be viewed online using a unique username and password provided on Covid vaccination appointment letters.
Not for traveling
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines on the use of Covid passports stating that it does not support the requirement for the travel vaccination test.
But the WHO supports the use of vaccination information against Covid to reduce the need for quarantine or testing on arrival in a country.
He Covid-19 digital certificate documentation the guide sets out a framework for adopting digital tools for vaccination status against Covid-19 to ensure that products meet the same standards and are interoperable.
It states that a digital certificate should never require a person to have a smartphone or computer.
You can learn more about Covid passports and how they work in ours explainer here.